Features March 2023

Scott Vance – Energy Northwest

Est. reading time: 5 mins

After 12 years as a contract nuclear engineer for the U.S. Department of Energy, Scott Vance wasn’t sure what he wanted to do when his contract ended. He certainly didn’t expect he’d become a lawyer. But, when a former classmate from MIT kept asking him to join the law firm where he worked, Vance decided […]

Lydia Zakhari – The Trust (Powered by the NFLPA)

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Committed to helping NFL players win in their next chapter, The Trust (Powered by the NFLPA) supports former players when the glories of Sunday afternoon become post-career memories, and new legacies off the field must be created. The Trust offers an extensive array of services and resources to former players through its three pillars: personal […]

Kevin Dineen – Cartamundi

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Non-fungible tokens. QR codes. Batman-branded digital trading cards. For a playing card purveyor formed in Belgium more than 50 years ago, Cartamundi is up with the times. That’s provided lots of work for Kevin Dineen, the company’s vice president of legal for North America. As he explains, each innovation is supported by intellectual property enforcement […]

Chika Onwuekwe – Trican

Est. reading time: 4 mins

When large trucks sit idling at a well site, they not only guzzle diesel and money but dump pollutants into the air. Yet, due to regulations and the dangers at sites, the trucks couldn’t be turned off. This was an issue for companies like Trican Well Service Ltd. that wanted to slash emissions. As far […]

Bob Craig – Berkeley Research Group

Est. reading time: 4 mins

Bob Craig has spent his career as a builder. But he has never wielded a hammer at work, driven a nail at the office or mixed cement. “I build trust, relationships and partnerships,” Craig says. That ability to build has served him well in his role as managing director and associate general counsel for Berkeley […]

Anne Sherwood – Xcel Energy

Est. reading time: 5 mins

The Rocky Mountain State’s high on a carbon-free future. In 2019 Colorado’s lawmakers mandated that by 2030, utilities reduce emissions by 80 percent compared to 2005 levels. Eighty percent of electricity must then come from such clean energies as wind, solar and batteries with Old King Coal dethroned as the primary power source. For Xcel […]

Pedro Medrano – Warner Bros. Discovery

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Recently, at a timeworn stone castle in the hills of Western Europe, a Warner Bros. Discovery production faced a dilemma. Crews had to transport heavy lighting equipment and generators up to the castle needed to film scenes there. But there was only one place to get the helicopters necessary for the job, and that was […]

Richard Bragg – Banner Engineering

Est. reading time: 5 mins

A store is advertising a deal on a combination of two flat edible substrates flanking substantially protein-based contents—or, put far more simply, a sandwich. Phrasing like this is confusing, yet it often appears in trademark and patent filings, says Richard Bragg, who’s been practicing law and handling such filings for over two decades. “It’s one […]

Dave Frenzia – Student Transportation of America

Est. reading time: 5 mins

Taking a different path to becoming an attorney landed Dave Frenzia back on a school bus. Well, maybe not on a school bus itself, but close enough. Frenzia is the senior vice president of human resources and legal affairs for Student Transportation of America, a company that transports 1.3 million students in the U.S. and […]

Loretta Cecil – Change Healthcare

Est. reading time: 5 mins

When Loretta Cecil faced the U.S. Department of Justice in federal court in 2022, the COVID-19 pandemic was still raging. Change Healthcare—a healthcare technology company where Cecil was executive vice president and general counsel—was in the process of a $13 billion acquisition by UnitedHealth Group when the Justice Department sued both companies to prevent them […]


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